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Lyndale Blog - July 2018

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Changes Afoot

Or should I say gumboot. The Mystery Creek Fieldays are the perfect showcase for changes and innovation in Horticulture and Agriculture.
This is never limited to the latest widget or technique for increasing yields.

Indeed this year, the changing face of primary industries was wonderfully demonstrated by the smiling image of Taihape shepherd Mairi Whittle hoisting the Golden Gumboot trophy as winner of the Fieldays Rural Catch - the competition formally known as Rural Bachelor of the Year.

This was the first time ever that women were included in the competition and they took out all the prizes and probably cleaned up as well, literally!!

Whittle emerged victor from a field of eight contestants after a week of competition involving quad bikes, chainsaws, artificial insemination, finances and cooking.


A rural catch - boot and all

Our Own Gumboot Thrower

We Plant Producers have our own competition to find a champion to represent our sector in the Annual Young Horticulturalist of the Year competition.

Our comp. is called the Young Achiever Award and traditionally the winner has gone on to represent Plant Producers very capably.
We have had a significant proportion of winners of the YHOTY competition (Young Horticulturalist of the Year, an initiative from the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture). But what is even more exciting is that we have had probably equal numbers of male and female winners of the YHA with a high proportion of the females taking out the ultimate YHOTY award.

This initiative is organised by NZPPI but is open to members and non-members alike. The real beauty of such competitions is that entrants, regardless of the outcome, gain invaluable experience that can open doors for their careers which few other opportunities can. Plus it's an opportunity for the Industry to really get behind and support the up and coming young blood, which we give so much lip service to, but so often fail to deliver.


Shanna Hickling
Horticulture's own award winner

More on Women

You have probably heard that men are supposedly incapable of multitasking while women find it easy to work in this way.
The truth is apparently that no one can multitask brilliantly, and the more often you try, the more distracted you‘ll become.

You may find this hard to believe - after all, we're often encouraged to think of multitasking as a good thing, particularly at work.
In fact many people feel guilty about turning off their electronic devices and focusing on only one task at a time (staff especially).
This is however, the secret of efficiency and accuracy, focusing on one task at a time.

Multitasking is false economy.

When you believe you're doing two or more things at the same time, what is actually happening is that you're switching back and forth from one task to another. This is because the human brain is incapable of performing two cognitive tasks simultaneously. You do this so rapidly that you are generally unaware of it, but the effort of switching your attention between tasks, even simple ones, costs time and mental effort.

Dr David Meyer at the University of Michigan found that when individuals attempted to perform two or more related tasks simultaneously, it took them up to twice as long to complete both than it did when they worked sequentially.

Meyer also noted that when we multitask we also increase the chance of making a mistake.

There is yet another downside to multitasking. If you allow phone calls, e-mails or texts to interrupt you while working on something else - you lose considerable time getting back to your original task.

If that is not enough, it seems that multitasking can adversely affect your learning.

No More Multitasking!

Hope you made the NZPPI conference as there is some significant developments happening that could affect all our businesses, hope you got to have your say.

Kind regards
Malcolm and the Lyndale Team


Dr David Meyer

Lyndale Nurseries

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